Our favorite contrarian is back, and she’s full of surprises as usual.
In this post, guest commentator Barb Leonard offers a few words of advice for the new Eureka City Council as it considers, again, the Jefferson School purchase.
You go, girl!
It’s baaaccckkkkk! Yup, just when it looked like two-hour meetings would be the norm, the new council decided going backward was more productive than solving current problems facing the city. Two and a half hours of numbing testimony re: Jefferson School didn’t teach them anything. They tabled the issue and will face it again tonight.
To re-cap: The West Side has a project (Jefferson School) they are enthusiastic about. The city has an opportunity, indeed has promised, to assist the neighborhood by purchasing that property. The purchase price is more than reasonable and a good investment for redevelopment money. There may be no redevelopment money in the
near future so it makes sense to invest what we can now.
Those two things should be a win-win for both the city of Eureka and the West Side neighbors who want to improve a derelict property. Shouldn’t our representatives applaud that effort instead of blocking it?
The collective hand-wringing over the city taking a financial hit doesn’t seem sensible to me. There are developers lining up to bail them out if the West Side Association should fail. Give the association a time line and hold them to it.
The enthusiasm of Heidi Benzonelli is contagious. I think she and her group can pull it off. If they don’t, the failure will be their own and the city can sell a piece of property that will at least be in better condition than the day they bought it.
Now, if Linda can keep a civil tongue, maybe the new council can view this issue as a road map to future harmony. The newly elected should remember they represent everyone. Reneging on a previous council action would not be a very harmonious beginning. In fact, it would be downright acrimonious. Let’s get ‘er done and move on!